Leslie Goldston Hills MM

 

His medals sold for £450 in 2008. He originally enlisted in the 21/London Regiment in September 1912. First entering the French theatre of war in March 1915 - and thereby gaining entitlement to a 1914-15 Star - the award of his M.M. most likely stemmed from the Battalion’s part in heavy fighting on Vimy Ridge in May 1916, although accompanying extracts from the Battalion’s war diary also reveal much activity in the vicinity of Loos earlier in the year, including patrol work and heavy enemy bombardments. Absolutely certain is the fact the 21st was decimated in an attack on High Wood on the Somme in mid-September, just two officers and 60 men remaining out of the 570 that had started out. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers in May 1917, Hills was accepted as an Observer on probation in the Royal Flying Corps in March 1918, and was attached to No. 7 Squadron out in France from June until the end of hostilities. He was placed on the Unemployed List as a Lieutenant in May 1919. Recalled to the Colours on the renewal of hostilities, Hills was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the East Surreys, and died in the U.K. on 11 February 1941, aged 47 years. He is commemorated on a panel in West Norwood Cemetery.

1893 Mar 4. Born Streatham, London

1901 census at 21, Eardley Road, Streatham

1909 Jan to Aug 1914 He secretary to an Electrical Engineer - Gilbert Rowe, Queen Anne Chambers, Westminster

1911 census at 33 Mitcham Lane ,Streatham

1912 Enlisted in 21/London Regiment

1915 Mar 16 Landed in France

1916 Awarded MM. The award of his M.M. most likely stemmed from the Battalion’s part in heavy fighting on Vimy Ridge in May 1916, although extracts from the Battalion’s war diary also reveal much activity in the vicinity of Loos earlier in the year, including patrol work and heavy enemy bombardments. The 21st was decimated in an attack on High Wood on the Somme in mid-September, just two officers and 60 men remaining out of the 570 that had started out.

1917 May 29 Commissioned

1918 Mar. Observer on probation in the Royal Flying Corp, attached to No. 7 Squadron out in France from June until the end of hostilities.

Raf record

1919 May Unemployed List as a Lieutenant

1920 Nov 1. Joined ADRIC with service no 939. Posted to H Coy

1921 Apr 7. Posted to Q Coy

1921 Apr 13. Posted to H Coy

1921 Jul 15 to 31 Jul on Leave

1921 Nov 4 to 4 Dec on Leave

1921 Dec 12. Permitted to resign on compassionate grounds

1939 Register at 29 Villiers Street , City of Westminster, London. He is examiner and instructor to Pelham Institute

1940 May 26. Lt.in the East Surreys,

1941 Feb 11 . Died. . Buried West Norwood, Greater London, England CWGC grave

 

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